Millions of Americans will be remembering “Old Blood and Guts” next week when military bloggers make note of Gen. George S. Patton Jr.’s life. It was 63 years ago Dec. 21 when America’s distinguished and controversial WWII Army officer passed away, not on the battlefield, but as the result of injuries sustained in a freak auto accident near Mannheim, Germany, on December 9, 1945.
Patton was being treated for a severe neck injury at the 130th Station Hospital in Heidelberg when he died four days before Christmas 1945. He was buried three days later, December 24, 1945, in the American Cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg.
Patton’s great-grandniece Patti Patton-Bader is keeping the family name and tradition alive with her ongoing support for our troops. She founded the international troop support organization SoldiersAngels.org and for her effort has been recognized by NBC as America’s Favorite Mom.
Keeping track of your debt.
In 1989, real estate magnate Seymour Durst installed the National Debt Clock near Times Square. But instead of minutes and hours, this clock calculates our federal debt, using figures from the U.S. Treasury. The clock serves as a reminder to everyone who passes that the government owes more to the public in the form of Treasury bills and savings bonds, and more to itself in the form of money it borrows from one pot to spend on another with each passing single day.
When Durst installed the clock, the debt was $2.7 trillion. With our national debt now cracking $10 trillion, the clock has run out of room for the additional digits required to display our ballooning deficit. The Durst organization plans to update the clock next year by adding two digits so it can track debt up to a quadrillion dollars.
The actual debt estimate – including all our government’s obligations like Social Security and Medicare – actually totals more than $57 trillion. The figures are updated daily from the U.S. Treasury and the population data from the U.S. Census.
When a microblogging service for music aficionados called Blip.fm was launched last May, no one in the company expected it to rise above the status of an experiment. But before long, Blip.fm’s traffic began to eclipse that of its main site (which provides an altogether different service for bands that want to cultivate their fan base).
Bedside manner is everything, right? Not unless you’re House. Dr. Gregory House, that is. Portrayed by actor Hugh Laurie, the acerbic, brutally honest, antisocial but brilliant diagnostician and infectious disease specialist is not known for his sympathetic demeanor. Despite that or because of it, “House” is a popular weekly episodic medical drama series that solves mysteries where the villain is a medical malady and the hero is an irreverent, controversial doctor who trusts no one, least of all his patients.
Meet Matt Zuckerberg, the kid who turned down a billion bucks. Are you one of the millions who are on Facebook? Do you know how it began? A little history: Facebook’s growth in the fall of 2007 was staggering. Over a million new users signed up every week, 200,000 daily, totaling over 50 million active users.
Facebook received 40 billion page views a month. Long gone were the days of Facebook as a social network for college students. Eleven percent of users are over the age of 35, and the fastest growing demographic is users over 30. Facebook has also seen huge growth internationally; 15 percent of the user base is in Canada.
Facebook users’ passion, or addiction, to the site is unparalleled: more than half use the product every single day and users spend an average of 19 minutes a day on Facebook. Facebook is sixth most trafficked site in the U.S. and top photo sharing site with 4.1 billion photos uploaded. Millions have been invested. Read more here.
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